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Bradford Council reveals district's dog fouling hotspots
7:00am Monday 28th January 2013 in News
Irresponsible owners who fail to clean up after their pets are being put under the spotlight after Bradford Council revealed a list of hotspots based on dog fouling complaints.
The Council has released a list of hot- spots, with 1,111 dog fouling reports received between January 1 and October 31 last year across the district, but officials have said catching offenders is ‘proving extremely difficult’.
A report about the issue, due to be discussed by Shipley Area Committee next week, says tackling the problem is a priority in the majority of wards in the area.
The report, prepared by a Council officer, said: “It is rare for a member of the public to know exactly who is responsible or they are reluctant to say who they are.
“The majority of dog walkers are out in the early morning and early evening and wardens have targeted early morning campaigns to address the issue.
“The service is aware of a number of hotspots and has targeted a number of initiatives on specific areas such as Roberts Park.”
Between January 1 and October 31 2012 there were 192 reports of dog fouling across the Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Shipley, Windhill and Wrose and Wharfedale wards. The highest number of complaints was 54 in Bingley.
Across the Bradford district there were 1,111 dog fouling reports, with Great Horton having the highest number at 65 and Wharfedale the lowest with seven.
Coun Kevin Warnes (Green, Shipley) said: “It’s one of these really difficult issues. You’ve got to witness people doing it to take action.”
Great Horton councillor Abdul Jabar (Lab) said he received lots of calls about dog fouling.
He said: “It’s a problem. I have calls from all over the ward. We do alert the wardens when we get complaints, but it’s very, very difficult because we don’t know what times the dog walkers are out to see them.”
His comments were echoed by Councillor Andrew Thorton, City Hall’s portfolio holder for the environment. He said that walkers who failed to clean up after their dogs could be issued with fines.
“If we have information, if people are prepared to say, ‘I saw so and so and they didn’t clear it up,’ then we can take action,” said Coun Thorton.
He added that the Council had increased the number of neighbourhood wardens who could issue fixed penalty notices.
The report, about street cleansing and Council warden services in Shipley, also refers to overgrown plants on pavements which stops them being cleaned properly. Committee members will also hear that fly-tipping has decreased.
The Shipley Area Committee meeting is on Wednesday at 6pm in the Queens Hall annexe, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.